A Faithful Friend

Author:  Beverly Hahn
 
I have a lovely coffee mug that was given to me that says, “Jesus is a friend in the storm.” Of course, this is a beautiful and true statement. I am so thankful Jesus is always with me. But what kind of friend would He be if He just rode in the boat with me, having the power to still the waves and save me from drowning, and did nothing about it? What kind of love would that be? More and more, I want to experience the answer to my prayers. To see and touch His deliverance, to know salvation in every area of my life–spirit, soul, and body.
 
In Proverbs 13:12 we read that, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Or in the Passion translation it says, “When hope’s dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life’s sweetness will satisfy your soul.” I’ve heard hope defined as a joyful, earnest expectation of good. To me it’s a preliminary step to faith.
 
There are a couple of things in my life that I know are God’s will, dreams that seem to be dragging on and on. I admit, I get discouraged when I don’t experience God’s goodness in these areas. Then I find myself questioning His love for me. After all, if He truly loved me, He’d be doing something, wouldn’t He? This to me is where faith comes into play. You know, Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things NOT seen.” I really like this verse in the Passion Bible, “Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.” Once again, the question is, faith in what? I believe it’s faith in God’s love, trusting that He’s there to provide for me.
 
Your friend, Jesus, desires to be interactive in your life. Do you have faith to believe He’s such a good and loving friend, that He’s going to actually ACT to save you in the storm? We all know He has the ability, He’s the all-powerful God after all. Most of all, we see in the Gospels that Jesus acted for the good of anyone who asked, so we know it’s His will to save us in every situation. How good of a friend is Jesus in your life? He wants us to trust Him. He enjoys answering our desperate cries in the storm.
 
Hebrews 13:5b-6, “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my Helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
 
Call for help. Not only is He always there beside you, He’s there to deliver you from any circumstance.  

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